I write paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance and am just about to complete my first young adult novel. As I write this, I’m one scene away from completing it.
Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with the ability to write very fast which helps my fingers keep up with my brain. I love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else!
What inspires you to write?
Life inspires me to write. I can listen to the lyrics of a song and get an idea for a story or watch a couple walking down the street, and my muse can be triggered. I can’t imagine not writing so I imagine that’s what keeps me going!
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m actually a bit of both. Some books I outline nearly to death, and others, I just start writing and see what comes. I do find that the more I outline, the easier the edits are. So I’m leaning more toward doing that often.
When I do outline, I simply use Microsoft Word, and I highlight the scenes as I write them so I know I don’t miss any that are important to the plot. I always have a picture of the characters in my head so I seldom do character sketches.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen to or talk to my characters. I will become my characters as I write them sometimes which will lead me to talk to myself. I think that helps make my characters more dimensional.
What advice would you give other writers?
Over the course of the last almost fourteen years, I’ve learned that no one decides my path but me. Some people have told me to give up on certain aspects of my dream, and I knew that was never going to happen. One of the best pieces of advice I can give another writer is to listen to your heart.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have several books published with publishers, and I have self-published several. I like the freedom of having complete control over my books; however, I know that with some books I prefer to turn over the demands to a publisher. For me, it all depends on what my heart is telling me when I finish a story.
For new authors, I think self-publishing is a challenge, and unless you’re one hundred percent comfortable with doing everything yourself, you should go the traditional route. With the advent of self-publishing, writers do have great freedom, but that freedom also comes with a lot of responsibility.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t see book publishing going anywhere. There will always be a high demand for books, and though there may be new types of books as the years pass, there will always be a reader that wants to hold a paperback in his or her hand.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and young adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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